How to Zip a File

Compressing a file is necessary when you have a large file, with considerable content and images. When a large file has to be sent through email, there can be problems in uploading the file because of its size. Hence, the email software can reject file uploading. If the file was compressed or zipped to a smaller size, it can be sent easily. Software commonly used for zipping a file is WinZip.

WinZip is a utility program that enables you to compress files by zipping it into a smaller size. It is available in both free and paid versions. The software’s interface makes it easy-to-use and it performs the compression process in just a couple of minutes. Here is a look at the steps involved in file zipping through WinZip:

• Install the latest version of WinZip in your system. Open WinZip application. If the license window appears, agree to its terms to proceed further.
• Click ‘New’ button to create a new archive (.ZIP).
• Enter the destination of the.ZIP file in the ‘Filename’ box and click ‘OK’. Select the file that needs to be zipped.
• Click the ‘Add’ button and create the.ZIP file.

Alternatively, you can also find the file in its location. Right-click the file and you can find the WinZip option. When you go to this option, a sub-menu will expand. Click the ‘Add to Zip File’ option to carry out the zipping process. The Add Window will open. You can see the path of the file selected for compression. Specify the compression level as ‘Normal’ and click ‘Add’ to complete the compression process.

File compression is necessary to make efficiently use of available disk space and to also ensure that the file can be sent through email quickly. Large files can be difficult to handle and can get corrupted. Reducing their size will make them easier to handle. WinZip is very efficient file compression software and the entire file zipping process can takes place in just a matter of minutes.

In addition to WinZip, there are other software applications available for file zipping. You can make use of WinRAR, TurboZIP Express, 7-Zip, BitZIPPer, QuickZip, ALZIP, WinAce, IZArc, and Stuffit. When selecting any zip software, you should look into features such as quick zip file creation, friendly user interface, file decompression, archiving, display of compression ratio, protecting file with encrypted passwords, extracting archives and so on.